The dramatic abduction of Libyan Prime Minister Zeidan by gunmen last week shows that chaos still reigns in the country. Geoff Porter, head of North Africa Risk consulting, explains how Libya is driving regional instability. He suggests that Europe may have to do more to help the country, as the Obama administration puts Libya on the back burner.
Euroscepticism within the UK electorate and decision-makers is widespread. But according to Minister for Europe David Lidington, it not really a question of reluctance to lose national sovereignty. Indeed the UK is wary of the EU’s lack of democratic accountability and its inability to make the regional bloc more flexible and competitive. But Britons would support the European Union, he says, if Brussels commits to reforms they feel comfortable with.
The 500-euro note is under scrutiny. Experts say it has become a favourite for gangs and terrorists. Easy to smuggle and to store, the note serves no real purpose in everyday life but it sure has made life less difficult for criminals. The European Central Bank is now under pressure to withdraw the note from circulation. French journalist Thierry Lévêque, who supports the note’s removal, explains why decision-makers are reluctant to do so.
Two weeks after hardline Republicans in Congress blocked a new annual budget, much of the United States government remains closed for business. How did Washington get to this point? Alix Meyer, a specialist of US politics at Sciences Po Lyon, explains what's at stake in the US budget crisis.
It’s not easy being a whistleblower; least of all an Israeli soldier who decides to go public about his or her time serving in the Palestinian Territories. "Breaking the Silence" is an Israeli organisation that offers soldiers the opportunity to voice their testimonies. Its co-founder, Yehuda Shaul, talks to Annette Young about how they aim to expose the harsh realities of the Occupation to fellow Israelis.